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Teens Drink More Water Thanks to Schools

Less high school students are drinking soda, according to a recent study released in mid-June. Only 25 percent of students drink soda every day. That’s nearly 50 percent less daily pop drinkers than there were 10 to 15 years ago.

About 75 percent of teenagers had at least one soft drink a day in the mid-90s to the early 2000s. It seems we can thank our schools for such a reduction. They’ve removed sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks from the vending machines.

“Initially, people think that 25 percent is pretty good, but when you take all [sugary drinks] into account, at least two thirds of students are drinking these daily, and that’s bad,” said Nancy Brener, the study’s author, who is also a CDC researcher.

Brener says to further control soda intake, it has to start at home. Parents must have more control over what teens are drinking.

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School Districts with High Minority Populations Have Lower Graduation Rates

The national high school graduation rate increased by three percent – from 72 to 75 percent – between 2001 and 2008, according to a report by America’s Promise Alliance.

However, this is not as good as it sounds – at least for students who live in high-poverty urban districts. The report discovered that these districts have graduation rates below the national average.

What are these “high-poverty urban districts”?

“One county type stands out in sharpest relief… the counties with large African American populations called Minority Central, set heavily in the nation’s southeast,” according to a report by Patchwork National, a PBS-affiliated reporting project. “Those counties hold only about 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, but they hold more than 15 percent of the high schools with the highest dropout rates.”

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